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  • Arkansas the latest to consider a state-specific drug formulary

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    | May 04, 2017
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    Workers' Compensation, Formularies
    The Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission published notification of their intent to propose a new rule creating a Workers’ Compensation Drug Formulary. As proposed, the drug formulary would address all FDA-approved drugs prescribed for an accepted workers’ compensation claim filed after September 1, 2017, and at present does not address claims filed before this proposed effective date. The proposed formulary rule is intended to mirror the current Public Employee Claims Division (PECD) Workers’ Compensation Drug Formulary as the guideline for prescribing and dispensing of medications to an injured worker.


  • Michigan Legislator Introduces Bill to Create Auto No-Fault Options

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | May 01, 2017
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    Fraud
    Michigan Representative Jason Sheppard has introduced HB 4488 in the Michigan House of Representatives and the legislation has been referred to the House Insurance Committee for further consideration. Currently, under Michigan Law, personal protection insurance benefits have no maximum limit.


  • RoxyBond™ (immediate-release oxycodone hydrochloride, abuse-deterrent)

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Apr 28, 2017
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    Opioids, Medication Plans, Pain Management, Abuse Deterrent, FDA
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new abuse-deterrent, immediate-release opioid analgesic, RoxyBond™, to manage pain severe enough to require an opioid analgesic and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. RoxyBond contains oxycodone hydrochloride and is manufactured by Inspirion Delivery Sciences LLC.


  • National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Slated for April 29

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Apr 27, 2017
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    Opioids, Medication Safety, DEA
    Saturday, April 29 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The purpose of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of prescription medications that are unwanted, unused, or expired, while also educating the public on the potential for the abuse of medications.






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